Lead Poisoning Overview
What is lead poisoning?
A person with lead poisoning has abnormally high levels of lead in the body. Poisoning can occur if lead is inhaled or swallowed. Lead poisoning is most common in children who are exposed to lead paint. Eating paint chips, a condition called pica, can cause lead poisoning if the paint is old. Lead poisoning may also occur in occupations in which lead is used in an industrial process. Mild cases of lead poisoning can be cured with treatment.
What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?
Early symptoms of lead poisoning include fatigue, muscle aches, muscle weakness, abdominal pain, headache, vomiting, excessive sleepiness, poor concentration, and memory loss. Symptoms of severe lead poisoning include constipation, severe abdominal pain, weight loss, pale skin, numbness and tingling, mental retardation, confusion and seizures.
How does the doctor treat lead poisoning?
Treatment for lead poisoning includes medications that remove lead from the bloodstream, as well as medications that control seizures.
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